NHL lockout could give new league big boost

Updated: May 12, 2004, 2:33 AM ET
Associated Press

PONTIAC, Mich. -- The new World Hockey Association was thinking about an NHL labor stoppage when it chose the 2004-05 season to launch the league.

Co-founder Dr. Nick Vaccaro said he first talked to Dennis Murphy, who co-founded the old WHA in the 1970s, about acquiring the name in 2000. Both agreed early November 2004 would be a good starting date, particularly if NHL players are locked out or on strike after the expiration of their collective bargaining agreement with the league.

"That ...

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